The Trust

The OphthalmologEyesy Department

The Ophthalmology Department at Macclesfield District General Hospital provides a comprehensive and efficient outpatient and surgical service to the local community and beyond. There are a team of specialists who look after the patients in our care. The four consultants are supported by a specialist group of ophthalmic trained nursing staff and opthoptists who all make every effort to ensure patients receive first class care.
Many conditions are treated within the outpatient department including general eye examinations and special tests, assessment and treatment of glaucoma, oculoplastic, medical retina with diabetes, lacrimal, paediatric and squint. If surgery is required most conditions are treated under local anaesthetic allowing patients to recover in their own home.
If you need to be seen very quickly we offer emergency referrals between 9.00am and 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. Outside of these times there is no specialist eye doctor who can see patients who need to be seen immediately and during those times patients would need to attend the eye department at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

Our services

The department provides the following services:

  • Cataract extraction (provided through the general ophthalmology service).
  • Corneal and external eye
  • Eyelid disorders
  • General medical ophthalmology
  • General ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma (provided through the general ophthalmology service).
  • Lacrimal
  • Medical retina
  • Metabolic eye disease
  • Minor operations
  • Paediatric ophthalmology
  • Nurse led services

Patients who need to stay in hospital overnight and children under the age of three years have their care transferred to an alternative hospital.

Specialist surgery, for example retinal surgery, paediatric surgery and plastic surgery are not performed at Macclesfield but patients are referred to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital or the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Our team

There are four ophthalmology consultants who each lead a team of specialist doctors and nurses. As a patient you may be seen by the consultant or by a doctor or nurse within their team. The consultant has overall responsibility for your care.

Consultant name  Title  Number 
Mr Daniel Nolan
Clinical Lead 01625 661169
Mr A Sachdev Consultant Medical Retina 01625 661314
Kavita Kapoor
Ophthalmic staff grade
01625 661413
Prisca Barbosa Ophthalmic staff grade 01625 661413
Cathy Cowburn Nurse Practitioner 01625 661413
Lesley Barwell
Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner 01625 661413
Christopher Barnett Nurse Practitioner 01625 661413
Vonnie Johnson Nurse Assistant 01625 661413
Jennifer Pickles
Head Orthoptist 01625 661717
Helen Yates
Orthoptist 01625 661717
Jill McKeown Orthoptist 01625 661717
Sarah Birchenough Orthoptist 01625 661717

Judith Clifford

Orthoptist 01625 661717